This Cucumber Dill Canapé recipe is one of my favorite hors d'ouevres of all time! A light, fresh and flavorful bite, cucumber canapés are so pretty and fun for a party.
I made these adorable, delicious cucumber canapés for the very first party I ever catered years ago. And they were on almost every menu of every party I catered thereafter.
What is a Canapé?
- A canapé is described as a small piece of bread or pastry with a savory topping.
- There are usually three components: the base (bread), and spread (for flavor and to protect the base), and a main ingredient on top.
- They are typically bite-sized, and are commonly served with drinks at a cocktail party or formal party.
This Cucumber Dill Canapé recipe is always crowd pleaser! They're light, refreshing, pretty, and packed with flavor -- and all in one bite!
Everyone loves them! Really, everyone!
Back in my catering days, before my husband and kids, making hundreds of these at once was no big deal.
I barely keep my head above water some days now, with the kids' busy schedule, so making a few dozen is often a big deal.
You can easily break down the steps for these cucumber hors d'oeuvres -- so party day is relaxing!
This way it's fun and easy -- and so worth the effort!
How to make Cucumber-Dill Canapés in stages, ahead of time . . .
- Make the dill spread up to 3 days ahead.
- Prepare the cucumber slices the night before.
- Assemble the canapés up to about 8 hours ahead. (Just keep all the components chilled until you're ready to make them.)
Just look at 'em!
You want these at your next party! Whether you're throwing a big cocktail party, or a small dinner party for four, Cucumber Dill Canapés are the perfect way to start the meal.
Making the Cucumber Dill Canapé recipe is actually a bit of a meditation for me. It becomes relaxing to assemble them, and they'll make you so happy.
These round cutters are a must for this recipe, and they are one of those kitchen items I couldn't live without!
You can get them here.
You might be thinking you live just fine without round cutters. 😉 And I'm sure you do!
However, if you want to make these fabulous cucumber hors d'oeuvres that everyone will fall in love with, then . . . you won't be able to live without them either.
Serving Cucumber Dill Canapés
I love making these when I'm bringing something to a cocktail party, and they're ideal for almost every holiday party.
Or . . . . here's another idea -- you can simply slice cucumbers and put them into a sandwich with this spread recipe. More deliciousness!
Enjoy each and every Cucumber Dill Canapé! The process of making them and eating them.
Cucumber-Dill Canapé Recipe
- 2 English cucumbers (a bit larger than 1-¾-inch diameter)
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 bunch fresh dill (about 1 ounce)
- salt and cayenne pepper to taste
- 9 slices whole grain or white sandwich bread
- Prepare the cucumbers. To prepare the cucumbers, slice each one into approximately 18 slices -- about ¼ to ½ inches wide -- and place them flat on a cutting surface. Use a 1¾ inch round cutter to cut the skin off each cucumber slice.Then use a 1 inch round cutter to cut a hole in the middle of each slice to remove the seeds and create a space for the dill mixture later.
- Wrap the prepared cucumbers in plastic wrap and refrigerate them until you are ready to assemble the canapés. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Remove 4 sprigs of dill and set them aside in the refrigerator for the garnish.
- Make dill spread. To make the dill spread, use a food processor to blend the cheese with the butter, mustard, lemon juice, and the remaining dill. Blend until the dill is very finely chopped and the mixture is very smooth. Season generously to taste with salt and cayenne pepper. Blend the mixture one last time to be sure all of the ingredients are incorporated.
- Use a small, off-set spatula to spread a thin, even layer of the dill spread onto one surface of each slice of bread. Place the remaining dill spread in a zip-lock bag and cut a tiny bit off of one of its bottom corners. Set aside, keeping the bag at room temperature.
- Using the same 1¾ inch round cutter that you used for the cucumbers, cut about 4 rounds out of each slice of dill-spread-covered bread, placing them on the parchment-covered baking sheet. You might need to gently press the center of each round with your finger to release it from the cutter.
- Place one cucumber slice on each round of bread. Then use the zip-lock bag with the remaining dill spread to fill each hole in the cucumber slices. To smooth the top, use a bit of water on your fingertip. For the garnish, use the dill you set aside -- break off tiny sprigs and add them to the center of each canapé. Keep chilled until ready to serve.
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